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American, 20th century, male.

Born 24 January 1940, in New York.

Painter, sculptor, performance artist, video artist. Multimedia.

Body Art, Conceptual Art.

Vito Acconci was born in the Bronx, New York and lives and works in Brooklyn. He studied at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts and at the University of Iowa. He has taught in various art schools and universities and in particular at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University and the Parsons School of Design in New York....

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1932, in Detroit; died May 1997, in Cairo.

Installation artist, performance artist, sculptor, draughtsman.

Conceptual Art.

Using a variety of different forms of expression, including installations, writing, performance, photographs and sculpture, James Lee Byars has created a highly personal collection of work. In the 1950s he focused on comparing oriental civilisation and western mystical thought, notably with folding sculptures which he unfolded in public. He went on to subvert objects by creating them in precious or unusual materials such as gold leaf or marble. He made several visits to Japan from ...

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German, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active since 1973 active in France.

Born 1954, in Biberach.

Painter (mixed media). Stage costumes.

Conceptual Art.

From 1968, Domenika corresponded at length with the German sculptor Josef Beuys. In 1975 she met Rüdiger. She has exhibited in 1974, in Milan; ...

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Horacio Safons

(b Buenos Aires, Jan 14, 1915; d Barcelona, Oct 14, 1965).

Argentine painter, sculptor, performance artist, conceptual artist, poet, and illustrator. After studying in Buenos Aires at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes and with Cecilia Marcovich and Tomás Maldonado, he quickly established a reputation for his scandalous views, attracting extreme disapproval and equally strong support. After delivering a lecture at the Juan Cristóbal bookshop, Buenos Aires, entitled “Alberto Greco y los pájaros” he was briefly imprisoned for his “Communism and subversive acts.” On his release in the same year he travelled to Paris on a French government grant, selling drawings and watercolors in the cafés and studying painting with Fernand Léger and printmaking with Johnny Friedlaender. Between 1956 and 1958 he lived in São Paulo, where he became aware of Art informel; he painted in this style in the late 1950s and early 1960s (Glusberg 1985, 284–285).

As early as 1959, when he had returned from São Paulo to Buenos Aires, Greco had expressed his corrosive vision of society through the form of his work. In his shows he exhibited tree trunks and rags for cleaning window gratings or floors. He moved again to Paris in ...

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Native American (Cheyenne and Arapaho), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 22 November, 1954, in Wichita (Kansas).

Painter, draughtsman, sculptor, printmaker, installation artist, conceptual artist, educator.

Edgar Heap of Birds is one of the most distinguished North American indigenous artists of his generation. His works reveal a distinctly critical and historical awareness of the ways that American Indian peoples, their histories and their viewpoints have been ignored and written over under colonialism. He has received numerous honours, presenting his work in competition for the United States Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (...

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Canadian, 20th century, male.

Born 1934, in Montreal.

Painter, sculptor, musician.

Conceptual Art.

1976, 17 Canadian Artists: A Protean View, Vancouver Art Gallery

1987, Stations, Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Montreal

1993, Presences, Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Montreal

2000, Spilled Edge, Soft Corners, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto...

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Mary Chou

(b Bethlehem, 1970).

Palestinian conceptual artist. Jacir’s works use a variety of media including film, photography, installation, performance, video, sound, sculpture and painting. Jacir was raised in Saudi Arabia and attended high school in Rome, Italy. She received her BA from the University of Dallas, Irving, TX in 1992, her MFA from the Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN in 1994, and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program from 1998 to 1999. She became a professor at the International Academy of Art, Palestine in Ramallah in 2007. Jacir’s conceptual works explore the physical and psychological effects of social and political displacement and exile, primarily how they affect the Palestinian community. Her work investigated the impact of Israeli action on the Palestinian people and countered representations of Palestinians in the press as primarily militant. Jacir often collaborated with members of the Palestinian community, both local and international, in the creation of her works....

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 28 April 1928, in Nice; died 6 June 1962, in Paris.

Painter, performance artist, sculptor, mixed media.

Conceptual Art, Body Art.

Nouveaux Réalistes group.

Yves Klein was the son of the Dutch Figurative painter Frederick Klein and the Abstract painter Marie Raymond. He was a self-taught artist. In Nice in ...

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Croat, 20th century, male.

Born 1921, in Petrinja.

Sculptor, draughtsman, installation artist, performance artist. Multimedia.

Neo-Dadaism, Conceptual Art.

Gorgona Group.

Ivan Kozaric trained at the school of fine art in Zagreb and after an initial stay in Paris where he frequently returned, he started producing work in ...

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Kristine Stiles

(b Zambesi River, nr Victoria Falls, Rhodesia [now Zimbabwe], Feb 23, 1921; d London, Jan 1, 2006).

British painter, sculptor, conceptual artist, performance artist, video and film maker, of Rhodesian birth. He studied at the Chelsea School of Art, London, from 1946 to 1950. His concern from 1954 was not with the production of art objects as an end in itself but with various processes and consequently with the recording in three dimensions of sequences of events and of patterns of knowledge. In 1958 he introduced torn, overpainted and partly burnt books into assemblages such as Burial of Count Orgaz (1958; London, Tate), followed in 1964 by the first of a series of SKOOB Towers (from ‘books’ spelt backwards), constructed from stacks of venerated tomes such as the Encyclopedia Britannica, which he ignited and burnt. The destruction and parody of systems of knowledge implied in Latham’s work was apparent in 1966, when he organized a party at which guests chewed pages of Clement Greenberg’s book Art and Culture...

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British, 20th century, male.

Born 6 November 1944, in Glasgow.

Performance artist, painter, sculptor, installation artist, printmaker, ceramicist.

Conceptual Art, Land Art.

Bruce McLean studied at Glasgow School of Art (1961-1963), and at St Martins School of Art in London (1963-1966) under Anthony Caro, Phillip King and William Tucker. He has taught at the Croydon School of Art (...

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Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 1935, in Mechelen.

Painter, sculptor, installation artist, performance artist, video artist.

Conceptual Art, Art Sociologique (Sociological Art).

Plus Kern Group.

Guy Mees studied at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten and at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut in Antwerp, and was a signatory in ...

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 9 February 1931, in Kansas City.

Sculptor, painter, performance artist, draughtsman, engraver.

Conceptual Art, Minimal Art, Process Art, Antiform.

From 1948 to 1950 Robert Morris studied engineering and art at the University of Kansas City and from 1950 to 1952 at the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco. In 1961 he studied art history at Hunter College, New York. He settled in Gardiner, New York State....

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 20 April 1939, in Florence.

Painter, sculptor, performance artist, installation artist.

Conceptual Art, Sound Poetry.

Nannucci became involved with the notions of 'virtual poetry' and 'concrete poetry' from 1961and went on to explore the boundaries and relationships between the written word and painting. He was not content merely to take words at their face value but instead experimented with their visual content and their potential for typographical manipulation. He made use of double meanings in an attempt to establish a relationship between image and meaning. One example is the word 'corner', which Nannucci visualises as forming a corner. He was particularly interested in research into form, light and movement; to this end, he used variable coloured light sources, in much the same way as Garcia-Rossi....

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French, 20th century, female.

Born 1939, in Biarritz, to parents from Turin; died 5 March 1990, in Paris.

Draughtswoman, sculptor, action artist, installation artist.

Body Art, Conceptual Art.

Gina Pane studied classics in Turin, then became a student of painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris ...

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Hungarian, 20th century, male.

Born 1941, in Budapest.

Painter, collage artist, sculptor, mixed media, performance artist.

Conceptual Art, Appropriation Art.

Gyula Pauer lives and works in Budapest. In 1958, he was a student at the school of decorative arts. He often uses photographs and film in his works, the range of which is very divers. The titles of many of these works start with the suffix ...

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Canadian, 20th century, female.

Born 10 June 1925, in Montreal.

Painter, collage artist, sculptor, performance artist.

Conceptual Art.

Groupe des Automatistes.

Françoise Sullivan studied at the school of fine art in Montreal from 1941 to 1945 and met Paul Émile Borduas at this time. She lived and worked in Montreal. In ...

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French, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA since 1966.

Born 20 April 1941, in Château-Arnoux-St-Auban (Alpes de Haute-Provence).

Painter, draughtsman, sculptor, designer, photographer, performance artist. Furniture.

Conceptual Art.

Bernar Venet lives and works in New York but spends extended periods in France, working in Rozières-sur-Mouzon, Nice and Grenoble....

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Polish, 20th century, male.

Active since 1977 in the USA.

Born 1943, in Warsaw.

Sculptor, assemblage artist, intervention artist, draughtsman.

Conceptual Art.

Krzystof Wodiczko studied in the design and interior architecture section of the academy of fine art in Warsaw. In the 1960s he taught at the technology institute in Warsaw. He initially settled in Canada, then in New York. He taught at the school of fine art in Paris in ...